Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

Kick-off the holiday season with Breckenridge's annual Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas festivities on
Saturday, December 2nd

  • Description
  • Schedule
  • Santa Race Registration
  • Dog Parade
  • Videos
  • Lodging
The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge's annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race and watch as Santa uses his magic to light up the town for the season.
  • Race of the Santas down Main Street
  • Holiday Dog Parade
  • Lighting of Breckenridge
  • Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night" procession
  • Meet Santa
Register for the 2017 Race of the Santas!



Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge Dec. 2nd

Event Schedule


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Handmade Holiday Market
Join us at the Breckenridge Arts District for an afternoon of holiday crafting for the whole family! Come to the Old Masonic Hall in the afternoon to build your playing devices or get a boombox to prepare for our High Country rendition of Phil Klien's "Unsilent Night" procession. 

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. — Holiday Dog Parade Registration
Gather in Main Street Station Plaza with the dogs before the Holiday Dog Parade. All dogs are welcome. Have your pet take part in Santa's procession down Main Street! Details

3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. — Caroling
Holiday Carols by the "Jingle Singers" will be strolling Main St. in Victorian costumes, singing
classics and a fun modern spin on old favorites

4:00 p.m. — 4:20 p.m. — Holiday Dog Parade
The Holiday Dog Parade will march up Main Street from Main St. Station Plaza to the Blue River Plaza. Anyone is welcome to join with their dog and parade Santa down Main Street.

4:30 p.m. — Race of the Santas
 Race of the Santas starts on Main St. by the Blue River Plaza. Registration and bib pick-up in the Old Masonic Hall located at 136 S Main St, starting at 2:00pm

5:00 p.m. — Lighting of Breckenridge
Santa makes an early visit to Breckenridge to light the Town Tree. Don’t miss the moment when Breckenridge turns on the lights and turns up the holiday spirit as Santa flips the switch in the Blue River Plaza just outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S Main Street.

5:00 p.m.  Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night"
Immediately following the lighting, visitors can join in Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night" procession of Christmas music through the town leading to the Santa. (Local's Tip: visit the Handmade Market earlier in the day to build your speakers or get a boombox for the procession!)

5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.Meet Santa
Visit with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum, 111 E. Washington Ave. Let the little ones share their Holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo in the beautifully decorated Barney Ford House!

Race of the Santas


Join us as hundreds of holiday enthusiasts of all ages, dressed in festive costumes, race down historic Main Street, Breckenridge. We encourage those who can withstand the thin mountain air to start at the front of the pack, as the top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets and prize packages. Not a runner? Walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course. Children dressed in holiday costumes are welcome to join their parents in the Santa Race. So come out and show your support, all proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Boy Scout Troop 187.

Register for the 2017 Race of the Santas!


Registration:  Register for Race of the Santas!  
Online registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:00pm MST  Day-of registration and bib pick-up will take place at the Welcome Center from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

In-Town / Day of Registration:  Beginning November 1, we will have Santa Suits for sale at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street) and at our local running store Vertical Runner.  Day of registration will take place at the Welcome Center from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Bib Pick-up:  Bib pick up is on Saturday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Upstairs of Old Masonic Hall (136 S. Main St.)

Cost:  $15 entry fee (cost does not include Santa suite)

Santa Suite:  Bring your own holiday costume or purchase one at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or Verticle Runner starting November 1st: $5 for Race Santa Suits (single use) or $35 for Deluxe Santa Suits.

Course Description:  .75 miles down Main Street Breckenridge


Race Day Schedule:


Date: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Bib Pick-up: Bib pick up is on Saturday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Upstairs of Old Masonic Hall (136 S. Main St.) 

Race Time: 4:30pm

Location: Main Street

Santa Suit: If you do not have a holiday costume on hand, Santa Suits will be available for sale in the Welcome Center starting November 1st: $5 for Race Santa Suits (single use) or $35 for Deluxe Santa Suits.
Register for the 2017 Race of the Santas


Holiday Dog Parade

Dogs who've made Santa's nice list are welcomed to parade Santa down Main Street in Breckenridge's Holiday Dog Parade!  

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Time: Registration 3:00pm - 3:45pm  | Parade Starts at 4:00pm
Location: 
Meet at Main Street Station
Cost: Free

Holiday Dog Parade Schedule:

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. — Parade Registration
Gather in Main Street Station with the dogs before the Holiday Dog Parade. There will be light refreshments, free Santa dog costumes for people who would like to join in the parade and lots of fun photo opportunities! 

4:00 p.m. — 4:25 p.m.Holiday Dog Parade
The Holiday Dog Parade will march down Main Street from Main St. Station to the Blue River Plaza. Anyone is welcome to join with their pet, as long as all dogs are in the holiday spirit and friendly with others. No Scrooges, please. 

4:30 p.m.   Dog Viewing Party of The Lighting of Breckenridge
Everyone from the parade will gather near the bottom of Washington Avenue in a special sectioned-off area to watch the Race of the Santas come down Main Street and gather together in the Blue River Plaza for more fun. Many people will surely want to take pictures with the dogs (and you too!) so everyone is welcome to stay until the lighting of the town tree at 5:00 p.m. 
 

 

 




Race of the Santas

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